20 February 2023
The work that a Welshpool primary school does to support young carers has been applauded by a Welsh Government minister during a visit.
Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan was at Welshpool Church in Wales (CiW) Primary School on Friday (17 February) when she praised its Recognising the rights of Young Carers scheme.
Inspection body Estyn has already highlighted this work as being “good practice” and the school was delighted to receive more plaudits.
Welshpool CiW Primary School has always recognised the rights of young carers, but during the covid pandemic found that some pupils had still not been identified as fulfilling this role by staff.
To address this, and to help provide support, the school appointed a member of staff to act as a young carers’ champion.
It also notes which pupils are young carers on class registers and on One Page Profiles, which are used to highlight additional learning needs, and has set up a young carers’ peer support group which meets once a week and is supported by carers’ charity Credu.
Credu receives Families First funding from Welsh Government to help it support young carers in Welshpool and across Powys.
Welshpool CiW Primary School tracks the progress of its young carers as a group, in areas such as well-being, attainment and attendance, and analyses trends to make sure they are being adequately supported.
It has also set up a transition group with Welshpool High School to make sure the rights of its young carers continue to be met once they move into secondary education.
Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan said: “I was delighted to see the excellent work that is being done at Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School to recognise and support its young carers.
“They face additional challenges in everyday life, and it was great to hear that many of them are proud of their caring status and have increased levels of self-esteem and self-confidence since joining the peer support group.”
Cllr Peter Roberts, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, added: “This school is leading the way for the rest of Wales with its determination to ensure young carers can enjoy their rights under the United Nation’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child, both during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. It has shared its experience with all other schools in Powys and the new council Schools Young Carers’ Policy has been developed with input from the school and its learners.”
Estyn’s case study on Welshpool CiW Primary School’s work with young carers: www.estyn.gov.wales/effective-practice/recognising-rights-young-carers
Credu supports both young and adult carers. Find out more about Credu’s work in Powys on its website: www.carers.cymru/
PICTURE: Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Social Services, talks to Welshpool CiW Primary School’s outgoing Headteacher Justine Baldwin and Cllr Peter Roberts, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys.